Man on the Moon (1999)

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The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.




  • Jim Carrey and Milos Forman in Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Jim Carrey and Courtney Love in Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Jim Carrey and Milos Forman in Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Jim Carrey and Paul Giamatti in Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Milos Forman at an event for Man on the Moon (1999)
  • Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman at an event for Man on the Moon (1999)

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Milos Forman


Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

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22 December 1999 | mjlavoie
| A stunning film, with an equally stunning performance by Jim Carrey
I saw a special sneak preview of "Man on the Moon" last week in Boston. Quite simply, the film is magnificent, and truly provides the audience with a glimpse into the genius of Andy Kaufman. There are moments of true hilarity, and moments that will break your heart.

Of course, this film would be nothing without the inspired performance by Jim Carrey. Within the first moments of the film, you completely forget that it is Jim Carrey on screen. Rarely have I seen an actor truly transform into the persona that he is portraying. Jim Carrey was Andy Kaufman.

At the very least, Mr. Carrey is deserving of every honor that is given in acting. No other performance this year comes even close to this. Without question, this is a film for the ages, and gives everyone a look into the mind of a genius.

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Did You Know?


Andy Kaufman's congas were sold at auction and bought by Jim Carrey who is a major fan of Kaufman. Carrey used the congas as part of his audition tape for Milos Forman and they appear in the film.


Andy Kaufman: Hello. I am Andy and I would like to thank you for coming to my movie. I wish it was *better*, you know, but... it is so stupid! It's terrible! I do not even like it. All of the most important things in my life are changed around and mixed up for ...


Jim Ross was not the ringside announcer during the Jerry Lawler vs Andy Kaufman match in Memphis. Lance Russell was the ring announcer and ringside announcer.

Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the movie, Andy appears, criticizing the movie as "so stupid" and "terrible," and complains about the movie's events being changed for dramatic purposes. He then says that he has "cut out all the baloney," making the movie "much shorter. In fact, this is the end of the movie." To get the audience to leave, he cues up a record, and the end credits begin to roll, through the cast list, stunt performers, unit production manager, first assistant director, and second assistant director.

Alternate Versions

Several scenes were shot but cut. These include:

  • The cast of Taxi rehearsing with a stand-in substituting for Andy.
  • Andy responding to fan mail from some attractive girls.
  • Andy taking a girl out on a date and acting so weird she asks to go home.
  • After the Tony Clifton fiasco on the Taxi set, Andy calling Ed Weinberger and thanking him for playing along so convincingly.
  • A scene backstage after Andy "hurts" his neck at the wrestling match where his worried parents come to see if he is okay.
  • A scene towards the end of the movie at the Improv Club where Andy resurrects his Foreign Man routine and is "heckled" by Zmuda posing as an audience member.


It's Howdy Doody Time
Music from "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay" by
Henry J. Sayers (1891) (uncredited)
Words by Bob Smith (as Robert Smith) and Edward Kean
Courtesy of Simitar Entertainment, Inc.


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Biography | Comedy | Drama

Box Office


$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,585 26 December 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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